Wildman Jack Heads Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Eddie D Stakes

Wildman Jack Heads Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Eddie D Stakes
September 20, 2020 0Share

O’NEILL’S WILDMAN JACK HEADS FRIDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 EDDIE D STAKES AS FIELD OF SEVEN GOES 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF
RACE NAMED FOR RETIRED ALL TIME GREAT HALL OF FAME JOCKEY EDDIE DELAHOUSSAYE

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2020)–A graded stakes winning turf sprinter who was most recently a close fourth in a Grade I sprint on dirt, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Wildman Jack looks like the horse to beat among a field of seven 3-year-olds and up in Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita.  The Eddie D, to be run at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, will serve as the main event on a 10-race Autumn Meet opening day card.

A W.C. Racing homebred 4-year-old gelding by O’Neill’s 2013 Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents, Wildman Jack was last seen at Santa Anita winning the Grade III Daytona Stakes three starts back on May 23.

Fresh off the best race of his career, California-bred El Tigre Terrible returns to turf for trainer Peter Miller and retains the services of Flavien Prat, who comes off another meet-leading performance at Del Mar this summer.

Named in honor of the retired all time great Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, the Eddie D was run as the Morvich Stakes prior to being renamed in 2012.  Delahoussaye won the 1984 Morvich aboard the Eddie Gregson-trained Tsunami Slew.

WILDMAN JACK

Owner:  W.C. Racing, Inc.

Trainer:  Doug O’Neill

Head and head for the lead throughout, Wildman Jack, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding, had to settle for fourth money when beaten 1 ½ lengths going six furlongs in the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes on Aug. 1.  Following his win in the Daytona here in May, Wildman Jack was off as the 3-1 favorite in a Grade II turf sprint going 5 ½ furlongs at Keeneland, but trailed throughout, finishing last by 7 ¾ lengths.  With his performance in the Crosby serving as notice he’s back to his best, he should be tough to beat in Friday’s Eddie D.

EL TIGRE TERRIBLE

Owner:  Slam Dunk Racing & Michael Nentwig

Trainer:  Peter Miller

Off as the even money favorite in the state-bred Real Good Deal Stakes going seven furlongs at Del Mar July 31, this 3-year-old gelding by Smiling Tiger rallied four-wide turning for and won going away by 4 ¾ lengths.  Well beaten at 7-2 two starts back in the one mile turf Oceanside Stakes July 10, he was a close second in the Desert Code Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs on turf here June 6–which was his first start of 2020.  A winner versus open company of the 2019 Speakeasy Stakes going five furlongs on turf here on Oct. 6, El Tigre Terrible, who was purchased for a bargain $18,000 out of the 2018 Barretts October Yearling Sale, has won four out of his eight starts and has banked $210,510.

THE GRADE II EDDIE D STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 7 of 10 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT

Wildman Jack–Abel Cedillo–126
Give Me the Lute–Drayden Van Dyke–124
Mr Vargas–Tyler Baze–126
Grit and Curiosity–Luis Saez–124
Sparky Ville–Mike Smith–126
El Tigre Terrible–Flavien Prat–120
Big Runnuer–Juan Hernandez–124
With the Grade II Eddie D and the Grade III, $100,000 Chillingworth Stakes serving as co-feature, first post time for a 10-race card on opening day, Friday, is at 12:30 p.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Friday, September 25 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $59,000
Race 2 Claiming – $40,000 $36,000
Race 3 Claiming – $40,000 $38,000
Race 4 Claiming – $50,000 $43,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 6 Chillingworth S. $100,000
Race 7 Eddie D S. $200,000
Race 8 Claiming – $25,000 $25,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $20,000

SANTA ANITA OPENING DAY POSTPONED TO FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Opening Day Postponed to Sept 25

OPENING DAY POSTPONED TO FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Dear Racing Fans,

We hope that this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.

Due to the Bobcat Fire and its impact on the air quality and the surrounding community, Opening Day of our Autumn Meet has been postponed to Friday, September 25.  For complete details about the postponement of Opening Week, please click the link below.

For our neighbors that may be impacted by the Bobcat Fire, please see below details about evacuee assistance in the City of Arcadia.

We wish each of you the very best during these trying times.

Red King Rallies To Win Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes

RED KING RULES THE DAY AT SANTA ANITA, AS HE RALLIES TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES 4 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER RISPOLI; TRAINED BY D’AMATO, HE GETS 1 ¾ MILES ON TURF IN 2:46.67

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 21, 2020)–Third in the race a year ago, Red King took center stage in the 81st renewal of the Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita, as he forged by odds on favorite Ward ‘n Jerry at the top of the stretch en route to an impressive 4 ¼ length win under Umberto Rispoli.  Trained by Phil D’Amato, Red King, a 6-year-old horse by English Channel, navigated the marathon mile and three quarters on turf in 2:46.67.

Breaking from the top of Santa Anita’s legendary Camino Real Turf Course, Red King was unhurried early and was fifth, about nine lengths off of dueling leaders Kershaw and Ward ‘n Jerry.  Fifth, but only five lengths back as the field angled up the backside, Red King moved into third, about 2 ½ lengths off the leaders midway around the far turn and wheeled three-deep turning for home, from where he inhaled Ward ‘n Jerry approaching the furlong pole.

“Growing up here in LA, this was always one of my favorite races as a kid,” said D’Amato.  “I remember I used to stand on the apron way past the wire and watch them come home in this race, just so I could take it all in.  It’s an amazing race and it’s really cool to win it.

“My horse won his last race and that picked his confidence up.  It looked like maybe the favorite moved a little soon and Umberto was in the right spot.”

A first condition allowance winner going a flat mile on turf May 24, Red King was off at 7-2 and paid $9.80, $4.80 and $2.60.

Owned by Little Red Feather Racing Gordon Jacobsen and Philip Belmonte, Red King, who is out of the A.P. Indy mare Youre Speeding, picked up his first ever stakes win and his sixth win from 27 career starts.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, he now has earnings of $278,115.

“It was my first time going from the top of the downhill and…it is beautiful,” said Italian native Rispoli, who was also riding Red King for the first time.  “The grass is amazing, it’s a really good track.  It’s been a long time since I’ve gone so far in a race because in Europe, we used to go quite enough every day.  But it was a good feeling, obviously you need a horse like that.”

Siberian Iris, the lone female in the lineup, rallied from far back for the place, finishing three quarters of a length in front of Ward ‘n Jerry.  Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke Siberian Iris was off at 7-1 and paid $6.20 and $3.20.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, Ward ‘n Jerry tired badly late and at 3-5, paid $2.10 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.21, 46.66, 1:10.66, 1:37.53, 2:04.62 and 2:30.47.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, June 21
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Siren Lure S. $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Starter Optional Claiming – $40,000 $28,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $25,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 San Juan Capistrano S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Melair S. $150,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $27,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 American S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 12 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $51,000 Overnight Overnight

 

TODAY IS CLOSING DAY AT SANTA ANITA

Results

Saturday, June 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Wilshire S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $32,000 $32,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $25,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $51,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $53,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $51,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Lazaro Barrera S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Snow Chief S. $150,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 12 Starter Optional Claiming – $32,000 $31,000 Overnight Overnight

 

Homebred Indian Peak Takes $150,000 Snow Chief Stakes

HOMEBRED INDIAN PEAK TAKES $150,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH AS SMITH TAKES CHARGE EARLY; TRAINED BY HOWEY, COLT BY COMIC STRIP GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:48.11

SPONSORED BY THE CTBA, RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 20, 2020)–Not satisfied with the early pace scenario, “Big Money” Mike Smith took charge turning up the backside of Saturday’s $150,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita, as he allowed his free-running Indian Peak to stretch his legs with the result a gutty half length win as he covered a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:48.11.  Trained by Golden Gate Fields-based Quinn Howey, the homebred colt by Comic Strip notched his first stakes win in his 10th career start and provided Howey with his first Santa Anita stakes victory as well.

A restrained fifth, about two lengths off the lead coming out of the first turn, Smith gave his mount his head and gained a neck advantage over favored Margot’s five furlongs out, but Margot’s Boy quickly reengaged at the rail and they basically went head and head to the sixteenth pole, where Indian Peak began to edge away.

“He just wanted to give it to ’em, which is a good thing, which I let him do the first quarter of the race, then backed it up the second quarter,” said Smith, who was aboard Indian Peak for the first time today.  “He just has such a beautiful stride.  I talked to the girl who rides him in the mornings and she said to just stay out of his way.  So I listened to her.”

A close second in a one mile turf first condition allowance here on May 23, Indian Peak, who was bred in California by his owners, Dr. and Mrs. William T. Gray, was off at 5-2 in a field of seven sophomores bred or sired in California and paid $7.00, $3.40 and $2.60.

“I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to Mike before the race, because of the way everything is set up now,” said Howey.  “When Mike let him run early there, I was excited, because I’ve been wanting to tell riders to go ahead and let him run, that’s what he likes.

“It worked out great and to come to Santa Anita and win a stake like this…I feel really lucky to have the horse first of all.  Just to have a horse like this, is incredible.  When you’ve been claiming horses for $2,500 to run at Stockton for $4,000, this is really special.”

Out of the Roar mare Ms. Booty, Indian Peak picked up $90,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $204,100.  A close third in the El Camino Real Derby three starts back at Golden Gate, Indian Peak improved his overall record to 10-4-2-1.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, California Kook, the lone filly in the race, made a big run from off the pace to be second by a nose over Margot’s Boy and paid $5.00 and $2.60 while off at 5-1.

The even money favorite under Drayden Van Dyke, Margot’s Boy ran a game third and paid $2.20 to show while finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Descartes.

Fractions on the race were 23.41, 47.61, 1:11.75 and 1:36.05.

SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES FOR SATURDAY

Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Friday, June 19, 2020

  • KEEPER OFTHE STARS RETURNS FOR WILSHIRE
  • SPECHT, SACRED RIDER HERE FOR SNOW CHIEF
  • SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS LAZARO BARRERA
  • GGF SENSATION HERNANDEZ COMING TO SO CAL

WIN MACHINE KEEPER OFTHE STARS BACK FOR WILSHIRE

Keeper Ofthe Stars, who gave trainer Jonathan Wong his first Grade I stakes win when she captured Santa Anita’s Gamely on May 25, returns in less than a month for Saturday’s Grade III Wilshire Stakes for fillies and mares three and up at a mile on turf.

“She’s doing well and she really likes the Santa Anita turf course, so we wanted to get another race over it,” said Wong in explaining the decision to run in the Wilshire.

Should she win, it would mark her third straight graded stakes success, not surprising since the four-year-old gray daughter of Midnight Lute has a penchant for stringing victories together.

In 2019 she won three in a row at Golden Gate Fields prior to being trained by Wong who won two straight last fall and now seeks to add to her triumphs in the Grade II Buena Vista and the Gamely.

Abel Cedillo, who has ridden Keeper Ofthe Stars in seven of her 15 career starts, the last six in a row, once again will be aboard for owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC.

Overall, Keeper Ofthe Stars has a 7-1-3 record from 15 starts with earnings of $501,931.

The Wilshire, race two of 12 with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Red Lark, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Cordiality, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; Gypsy Spirit, Mike Smith, 8-1; $2,000 supplemental entry Querelle, Aaron Gryder, 6-1; Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 9-5; Toinette, Flavien Prat, 8-5; and Simply Breathless, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1.

SACRED RIDER INVADES FOR SNOW CHIEF

Steve Specht has moseyed down from his Northern California base to saddle Sacred Rider in a salty version of Saturday’s $100,000 Snow Chief Stakes for three-year-old California-breds at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

The gelded son of Lucky Pulpit owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams showed an affinity for Santa Anita, having finished second by a neck at 36-1 under Abel Cedillo in the California Cup Derby on January 20, although that race was on the main track.

“He’s got a versatile style and can do whatever the rider needs to do,” Specht said. “He’s got speed enough to be in the mix, and if they go too fast, he can back off; I think he runs better on grass than anything else.”

Sacred Rider has 13 career starts, four on turf, where he posted his only two victories. “He’ll be tough,” Specht said. “He’s training pretty good. He worked well Sunday (five furlongs at Golden Gate in 1:00.20), got in early Thursday, jogged today and he’s ready to run.”

The Snow Chief, race 10: Sacred Rider, Abel Cedillo, 5-2; Margot’s Boy, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-5; Canyon Crest, Umberto Rispoli, 6-1; Descartes, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; California Kook, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Bam Bam Again, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; and Indian Peak, Mike Smith, 5-2.

LAZ BARRERA STAKES HONORS LATE, GREAT TRAINER

With a pair each, two trainers dominated the seven nominations to Saturday’s Grade III Lazaro Barrera Stakes for three-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs: Bob Baffert, as one might expect, and Jorge Periban, as one might not.

Baffert nominated Bronn, a maiden winner at Los Alamitos owned by his wife, Natalie, and Ragtime Blues, front-running winner of an overnight race as the 4-5 favorite May 25 at Santa Anita, owned by a partnership. He entered Ragtime Blues.

Periban nominated Bam Bam Again, a bay son of Awesome Again, and Phantom Boss, a chestnut colt by Shackleford, entering the latter.

The race is named for Hall of Fame trainer Laz Barrera, who died at the age of 66 in 1991. The colorful native of Cuba won an Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer four straight years (1976 through 1979) but is best remembered as conditioner of Affirmed, who swept the Triple Crown in 1978 under 18-year-old Steve Cauthen.

“Laz was a great trainer, a lot of fun and a good friend of mine,” said veteran agent Tony Matos, who represented Angel Cordero Jr. when he rode Bold Forbes to victory for Barrera in the 1976 Kentucky Derby.

The Barrera, race nine: Collusion Illusion, Flavien Prat, 4-5; Ragtime Blues, Mike Smith, 2-1; Phantom Boss, Tiago Pereira, 8-1; Alcools, Abel Cedillo, 4-1; and Howbeit, Umberto Rispoli, 12-1.

GOLDEN GATE SENSATION JUAN HERNANDEZ TO JOIN FORCES WITH O’BRYAN

News broke Wednesday morning that perennial Golden Gate Fields leading rider Juan Hernandez will be shifting his tack full-time to Southern California beginning with the second week of the upcoming Los Alamitos Thoroughbred meeting, which spans July 3, 4, and 5.

Hernandez, 28, will be joining forces with longtime agent Craig O’Bryan, who has been idle since Tyler Baze opted for the Oaklawn/Kentucky circuit over a year ago.

“I got a call, asking if I’d be interested in representing Juan,” said O’Bryan.  “I said, ‘When can he get down here?’  The phone is already ringing and I truly believe our business will continue to grow as people see, first-hand, just how good he is.”

How good is Juan Hernandez?

With 135 wins from 429 mounts, he led his nearest competitor by some 77 wins at the conclusion of Golden Gate Fields’ 72-day Winter/Spring Meeting this past Sunday, winning at a 31 percent clip.  Many racing insiders have been wondering when he was going to make the move to So Cal for some time now, particularly in view of the tremendous success former No Cal rider Abel Cedillo has enjoyed over the past year riding full-time at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Los Alamitos.

“I’m really excited to come and ride with that colony down there,” said Hernandez by phone from Northern California on Thursday.  “My wife’s family lives in Ontario, near Santa Anita, so our kids will be spending the summer with them.  Craig came very highly recommended.  I think it’s a big plus to go with him because he’s had many top riders and he knows everyone down there, he knows the business.”

A 28-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, Hernandez, who is married, Melissa, and has two boys aged five and two, had 1,882 wins from 8,726 career mounts through Sunday and with just Irad Ortiz, Jr. and Luis Saez in front of him, he is currently America’s third winningest jockey in 2020, with more than 125 wins through this past weekend.

O’Bryan, who enjoyed an eight-year run with Baze, is a second generation agent, following in the footsteps of his legendary father George “Black Heart” O’Bryan.

With a past client list that reads like a Who’s Who of Turfdom, Craig O’Bryan has represented Hall of Famers Eddie Delahoussaye (for an incredible eight-year run that included back to back Kentucky Derby victories with Gato del Sol in 1982 and Sunny’s Halo in 1983), Alex Solis and Gary Stevens (2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic with Mucho Macho Man and 2013 Distaff with Beholder), as well as David Flores, Corey Nakatani, Jose Valdivia, Jr., Aaron Gryder and Baze.

“I’ve been doing this for 48 years, since 1972,” said O’Bryan.  “The main thing now, is that people need to know that Juan is coming here permanently, this isn’t just for the summer.  For me personally, it’s a great opportunity and it’s great to be back in action.”

Mike Willman

FINISH LINES: Leading rider Flavien Prat (83 wins) is named to ride in 11 of Saturday’s 12 races, while distant runner-up Abel Cedillo (60 wins) and third-place Umberto Rispoli (46) have mounts in 10 of the 12. Peter Miller, who holds a 32-31 lead over Bob Baffert in the race for leading trainer with three days left in the meet that ends Sunday, has eight horses entered Saturday. Baffert leads Miller in stakes wins, 10-8.

Loud Loud Music Takes $51,000 Santa Anita Allowance Feature

LOUD LOUD MUSIC RUNS TO THE LATE BETTING AND TAKES $51,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS AS PEREIRA & MIYADI TEAM FOR 5 ½ FURLONG TURF WIN IN 1:03.66

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 19, 2020)–With the late money telling the story, Nick Alexander’s homebred Loud Loud Music, hammered down to the 2-1 favorite, got a perfect stalking trip from her outside post and overhauled Smiling Annie late to take Friday’s $51,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ¼ lengths under Tiago Pereira.  Trained by Steve Miyadi, Loud Loud Music got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:03.66.

Breaking just a bit tardily, Smiling Annie showed the way by about a length to the quarter pole, but the winner proved too much in deep stretch and won easily as Smiling Annie just held off the late charge of longshot Shylock Eddie for the place.

An open maiden special weight winner going five furlongs over the Golden Gate Fields turf in her second start May 22, Loud Loud Music was well respected by the punters in a field of nine California-bred or sired fillies and mares and paid $6.00, $3.20 and $3.00.

A 3-year-old daughter of Tizbud, out of the Bernstein mare Your Cheatin Heart, Loud Loud Music now has two wins from three starts and with the winner’s share of $30,600, increased her earnings to $57,300.

Smiling Annie, fresh off a facile allowance score versus open company over the course on June 13, slipped a bit in the late wagering and paid $3.20 and $2.80 while off at 5-2.

Ridden by Aaron Gryder, Shylock Eddie was an attentive fourth at the rail around the turn, angled out through the drive to just miss second money.  Off at 21-1, she paid $7.80 to show.

Fractions on the race were 22.36, 45.82 and 57.52.